Homily by: Father Louise Fischer
The following question was posed by a student to God: Why didn't you save the school children in Littleton, Colorado?
Sincerely, a Concerned Student
Dear student; I am not allowed in schools.
"How has this unfolded in an incredibly short time?
I think it all started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained she didn't want any prayers in school.
And we said O.K....
Then, someone said: "You better not read the Bible in school. . . The Bible that says: Thou shalt not kill; Thou shall not steal; And, love your neighbor as yourself."
And we said O.K. . . .
Dr. Benjamin Spock said: "We shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem."
And, we said : An expert should know what he's talking about , so we won't spank them anymore. . . .
Then someone said: "Teachers and Principles better not discipline our children when they misbehave". And, the School Administrators said: "No faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity. And, we surely don't want to be sued."
And we accepted this reasoning.
Then someone said: "Let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents".
And we said: That's a grand idea.
Then some wise school board member said: "Since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want. so they can have all the fun they desire. And, we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school."
And we said: That's another great idea. . .
Then, some of our top elected officials said: "It doesn`t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs."
And, we said: it doesn't matter what anybody, including the President, does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good. . . .
And then someone said: "Let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome down toearth appreciation for the beauty of the female body."
And we said: We have no problem with that. . . .
And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still, by making them available on the internet.
And we said: Everyone 's entitled to free speech. . .
And the entertainment industry said: "Let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. . . And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes".
And we said: it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously anyway. So, go right ahead. . . .
Now, we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience? Why they don't know right from wrong. And, why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, classmates, or even themselves.
Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out . I am sure it has a great deal to do with . . . . WE REAP WHAT WE SOW!
(Fr. Louis Fischer deliveries the weekend Liturgies at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church at 3131 Governor Dr., San Diego, Ca. 92122)